|• MELAKA •|
|Strategically located along the Straits of Malacca, Melaka was once the epicentre of an important trading empire.The birthplace of the nation’s historical and cultural heritage, remnants of its long and illustrious past are well-preserved and can still be seen today, earning it the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008. Beyond the historical crowd-pullers are scenic kampong settlements and a rich cultural landscape. Melaka has plenty of exciting events on its calendar. For a taste of local culture, do not miss the San Pedro Festival and the Portuguese Christmas Festival at the Portuguese Settlement. Gendang Nusantara Festival, and Melaka International Tourism Show are also major crowd-pullers.
|Characterised by salmon red walls, the Stadthuys was once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers. The building is a fine example of Dutch woodworking and masonry, and presently houses the History and Ethnography Museum as well as the Literature Museum. Built in 1645, the Stadthuys is the oldest remaining Dutch building in Southeast Asia. The Stadhuys is a historical structure situated in the heart of Melaka City, the administrative capital of the state of Melaka, Malaysia in a place known as the Red Square. The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor. Situated at Laksamana Road, beside the Christ Church, the supposed oldest remaining Dutch historical building in the orient, is now home to the History and Ethnography Museum. Among the displays in the museum are tradisional costumes and artifacts throughout the history of Melaka, which makes it Melaka’s premier museum.|
|A Famosa was a Portuguese fortress located in Melaka, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today.|
|MELAKA ISLAMIC MUSEUM|
|Located along Jalan Kota, Melaka Islamic Museums is a centre of data collection, research and exhibition related to Islam. It also traces evidences and conducts researches on the origin of the religion in Melaka. Eight major exhibition spaces with eight different themes house interesting artefacts including a replica of an early Al-Qur’an and a replica of the Prophet’s sword.|
|The Melaka River is the river that cuts across Melaka town, on its way to the Straits of Melaka. It separates the civic district clustered at the foot of St Paul’s Hill, from the residential and commercial district of Heeren Street and Jonker Street. A flotilla of small boats transports sightseers up and down past historic buildings, old warehouses, interesting mangrove stands, churches, and villages. Tour last about 45 minutes in boats ranging from 20 to 40 seaters, and normally a minimum of eight passengers is required before departure.|
|• PENANG •|
|Penang’s vibrant capital city, George Town, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008. Full of character, this city is filled with heritage buildings, historical landmarks and a colourful medley of different cultures. Many attractions are situated within walking distance of each other – in fact, walking the streets of George Town is a visual feast in itself. Alternatively, take a tour of the city on one of the cheerfully-decorated trishaws available at every corner.|
|One of Penang’s main icons, Penang Hill is a popular retreat for those who wish to escape the city’s blistering heat. Also known as Bukit Bendera or Flagstaff Hill, Penang Hill soars 833m (2,723 feet) above sea level. A brand-new funicular train service takes visitors to the summit in less than half an hour, where a spectacular panoramic view of George Town and its surroundings – all the way up to the mainland – awaits at the Viewing Deck. Penang Hill also has many nature trails for adventurous souls to explore.
|BATU FERRINGHI BEACH|
|Batu Ferringhi, situated along the coastal road north-west of Georgetown and lined with a string of international- standard resorts, is the most popular beach in Penang. Soak in the sun or unwind on the beach while you enjoy a host of aquatic thrills from wind-surfing to canoeing. For a spine-tingling adventure, try parasailing to enjoy the view of the beach from the sky. As the sun sets, Batu Ferringhi comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere with an open-air bazaar selling anything from ornate curios to enticing souvenir items. Watch local artisans demonstrate the intricate art of craft-making and batik- painting. Dubbed the Feringghi Walk, the bazaar offers shoppers a host of attractions.
|The Penang Ferry is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. Located in the state of Penang, this famous ferry service connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in George Town on Penang Island. The ferries are designed for vehicles to roll-on/roll-off. Some board pedestrian passengers on the upper deck and small vehicles (cars) on the lower deck, whereas some board vehicles on both decks. The benches for passengers on the upper decks have pivoting backs that can be flipped back and forth so passengers can sit facing in the direction of travel regardless of which way the ferry is going.|
|The Penang State Museum on Farquhar Street is the first building that comes under the administration of the Penang State Museum Board. Its chronology began in 1816 as a building donated by the East India Company, built under the supervision of Captain Robert Smith (the Royal Engineer), and to be used as an education center. The Penang Free School that was established in 1816 moved into this building in 1821. The school was open to all Penang-born regardless of race and thus the name Penang Free. In 1928 the Hutching School occupied this building.|
|The history of Fort Cornwallis goes back two centuries to when Captain Sir Francis Light of the British East India Company first landed on the island in 1786. In order to protect the base from any foreign military forces and pirates, the Captain decided to build a fort, named after the-then Governer General in Bengal. The fort is a preserved historical landmark within the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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